Cage Legacy returns to Drogheda this Saturday and they bring with them some of Ireland’s next breed of fighter hoping to stake their claim for glory in 2018.
Irish combat sports has never been more popular. Katie Taylor is currently showcasing the best of women’s boxing, Chris Fields is attempting to get on track for a shot at the KSW light-heavyweight title and of course, Conor McGregor is seemingly in training for a potential return to UFC action later this year.
In the background, young Irish fighters are looking to be the next big thing and what better place to hone their skills in the much lauded Cage Legacy promotion. This will be the organisation’s 7th event and Drogheda’s Barbican Centre is playing host to a feast of K1, amateur and professional MMA and a special charity grappling bout.
Dylan Logan (2-2) is hopeful to keep the momentum going after 2 straight finidhes. Logan’s last outing saw him snatch a 1st round submission victory over Haci Firat Dogan at Cage Legacy 4. The SBG fighter takes on Marcin Zembala (0-2) who is looking to rectify 2 straight losses having turned professional a little over a year ago.
These submission specialists are set to do battle in what should be a very exciting contest.
Elsewhere on the card, Ben Forsyth (2-3) is looking to snap a 3 fight losing streak. The Spider Monkey has fought under such promotions as BAMMA and now looks set to prove himself at CL7 this Saturday night.
Also fighting out of SBG, the Dubliner possesses some good power and represented him well during his amateur career and looks to showcase that trait in front of an expectant crowd in Drogheda.
In his way is Portugese fighter, Luis Correia (2-5) who is also looking to snap a losing streak of his own and is looking for his first taste of victory since 2015 when he overcame Rui Pereira to win by unanimous decision.
Pereira does have a solid ground game and will surely look to avoid the heavy hands of Forsyth in what is likely to be a classic ‘striker vs grappler’ match up.
LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE UP FOR GRABS
In the event’s main event, Pedro Carvalho (5-3) takes on unbeaten Russian fighter Ibragim Kantaev (7-0) for a lightweight title in a fight that has all the makings of being an instant classic.
Carvalho fighting out of SBG has been training incredibly hard for this fight and brings with him 5 finishes from his 8 professional bouts to date. Fresh off an impressive armbar victory over Jeanderson Castro in October, Carvalho is focused on claiming the belt and knocking off an unbeaten prospect.
Kantaev who represents Fight Club Berkut in Russia, travels to Drogheda and with him he brings 4 submission wins from his 7 outings thus far.
Kantaev makes his first Cage Legacy appearance and is keen to bring the lightweight title home with him.
This is one of the most intriguing fights on paper. Two very solid submission specialists but Carvalho does have big punching power in him and does have a TKO victory by way of strikes on his CV which may provide him with an alternative method of victory if he feels that Kantaev may have the superior grappling.
It’s an interesting fight and one that should not be missed.
GYM’S COLLIDE – CHARITY BJJ MATCH
Former UFC flyweight, now coach in SBG, Paddy Holohan takes on fellow SBG coach David Roche in a charity BJJ match up.
Bragging rights are on the line as both men look to showcase their supreme skills on the mat in a 10 minute one off special match.
THE REST OF THE CARD
Not only are Cage Legacy bringing fans Irish prospects, they are also bringing with them top international fighters who could be the next big thing in K-1 and MMA.
All the action gets underway at 5:30pm this Saturday night at the Barbican Centre in Drogheda and tickets are still available.
Pedro Carvalho (SBGi) V Ibragim Kantaev (Fight Team Berkut) – Professional Lightweight MMA Title Bout (3×5) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Marcin Zembala (Torres) V Dylan Logan (SBGi) – Professional Lightweight MMA Bout (3×5) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Ben Forsyth (SBGi) V Luis Correia (Team Correia) – Professional Light Heavyweight MMA Bout (3×5) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Sasa Svitlica (Full Power) V Jack Kelly (Jai Sua) – 71kg Professional K-1 Bout (3×3) Referee : Lar Byrne
Jack Monahan (MMA Cork) V Lee Hammond (SBGi) – Lightweight IMMAF trial (3×3) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Dylan Kennedy (No Fear) V Dave Fogarty (SBG Charlestown) – Flyweight MMA Bout (3×3) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Carl McCann (SBGi) V Carl Byrne (Spartan) – 68kg Catchweight MMA Bout (3×3) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Sean McConnell (SBG Charlestown) V Soloman Simon (Ryano) – Lightweight MMA Bout (3×3) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Niall Branigan (Full Power) V Stephen Treacy (TKD) – Lightweight MMA Bout (3×3) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Clinton Scott (SBG Charlestown) V Aaron Keogh (Ryano Waterford) – Lightweight MMA Bout (3×3) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Kyle Kilduff (SBG Port) Vs Tomas Keogh (Ryano Kilkenny) Welterweight MMA (3×3) Referee: Mariusz Domasat
Charity BJJ Super Fight- Paddy Holohan V Dave Roche (10 Mins) Referee : Pat Sheridan
Luke O’Sullivan (Full Power) V Ervins Linmeiers (Sanda MMA) – Vacant Super Middleweight K-1 Title Bout (3×2) Referee : Lar Byrne
Aaron Reilly (Full Power) V Wahab Zadeh (SBGi) – 68kg Catchweight K-1 Bout – (3×2) Referee : Lar Byrne
(C) Erik Luko (Full Power MMA) V Stephen Mcpeake (Coleman Combat) – Junior K-1 Featherweight Title (3×2) Referee : Lar Byrne
(C) Elvis Luko (Full Power) V Sean Higgins (Coleman Combat) – Junior Bantamweight K-1 Title Bout (3×2) Referee : Lar Byrne
Dylan Doherty (Evolve) V Carl McKeever (Coleman Combat) – 57kg Junior K-1 Bout (3×2) Referee : Lar Byrne
Paddy Wieczorek (Full Power) V’s Cialam Dowdall (Sanda MMA) – Junior Flyweight K-1 Bout (3×2) Referee : Lar Byrne